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John McCain asked about Juan Hernandez, doesn't denounce his views

Via this, someone went to a John McCain appearance in Florida and asked him about his Hispanic outreach director Juan Hernandez, a dual citizen who's also a former official with the Mexican government. While she got some good information about him out there in her question, she didn't note that he's a former official with the Mexican government.

Here's McCain's reply:

He's on my staff because he supports my policies and my proposals and my legislative proposal to secure the borders first. [...] I don't know what his previous positions are or other positions are, he supports mine. I have nothing to do with his. He has volunteered to help me with outreach to our Hispanic citizenry as I outreach to every citizen in America. [...] I have no idea but I will check in to the information you've given me. [...]

According to a McCain spokesman, he was just an unpaid volunteer. However, McCain himself says he's on his staff, and there would seem to be a conflict between their descriptions of his roles. McCain also claims to be clueless about Hernandez' previous positions, something that's difficult to believe considering that Hernandez is a Senior Fellow at the McCain-linked "Reform Institute". But, if he isn't lying, that indicates a strong lack of judgment. And, I doubt whether McCain's attempts to disclaim responsibility for the opinions of a member of his staff would wash if that person held opinions that the MSM considered out of bounds.

The thing to do now is for others to hound him at future appearances, pointing out that Hernandez used to work for a foreign government that encourages illegal immigration to the U.S. and that he's now "outreaching" to U.S. citizens and voters on McCain's behalf. And, ask him whether he's had a chance to check in to Hernandez' positions, why he wasn't aware of them before, and whether he's going to request that Hernandez leaves his "staff". The MSM can also be asked why they aren't looking in to this, such as by asking them in person (noting their names) or by posting comments at MSM sites that discuss McCain.

Immigration2008a · Sun, 01/27/2008 - 21:03 · Importance: 1

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 06:34
Fred Dawes
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Look people McCain hates us who want anything like a real border and yes McCain is telling you BS, This little mexico city rat Hernandez needs McCain so he can help in the total Dismantling of this nation for his nation Mexico. soon the USA Will be removed from the face of this earth, and rats like McCain will help people like bush will help and the race who is doing this to you is not black or yellow or brown but White guys in power, who look at you and want you removed, if you know what i mean?..See Alex Jones listen to Savage Nation and open your eyes to what real evil is.

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 10:41
amanda

I listened to some of the recordings of Hernandex floating around the net. What sticks with me is his concern that money keep flowing from the U.S. to Mexico. Why? My not fully investigated (I'm not going to read his book) but educated guess assessment: he's a Mexican elite and thus, practically by definition, doesn't care about the Mexican peasant class. He's loyal to Mexico the oligarchy/plutocracy which sees the ability to keep shedding its excess population and receiving remittances as the best strategy to perpetuate itself. He wants to diminish U.S. sovereignty in order to advance this strategy even further and guarantee its existence going forward. Mexican remittances are bigger than their oil industry but are not targeted and do nothing to create badly needed reform. Arguably they impede reform so that is why I assume someone so obsessed with remittances wants to maintain ruling class status quo.

Mon, 01/28/2008 - 18:14
Fred Dawes
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amanda it drug money the U.S Banks need the money for others if you know what i mean? by the way the mexican enemy is doing the will of our Oligarchs this is a sad fact of one world rule. Buy Guns.

Wed, 01/30/2008 - 16:35
Bill Lucas

I don't get it. What is the problem with McCain's answer? He didn't deny anything. What difference does it make if Juan Hernandez once worked for the Mexican Government? He isn't hiding that fact.